Joint Center President Moderates Panel on the History of Black Politics with Members of Congress

Joint Center President Spencer Overton moderated The History of Black Politics: A Long Road—The Black Political Tradition, a discussion on “the past of Black politics and the future that lies ahead.” Panelists included Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), and former Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie…

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Dec. 10 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Stimulus Talk Sounds Promising While a lack of consensus remains, Members of Congress continue to negotiate for a stimulus package. A bipartisan group of Senators continues to finalize the language of a $908 billion stimulus proposal, while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discuss a $916 billion package. Biden Pushes Masks in the First…

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Joint Center President Answers Additional Questions from Members of Congress on Disinformation Online

Joint Center President Spencer Overton provided additional written responses to questions from Members of Congress after his testimony at the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration hearing entitled “Voting Rights and Election Administration: Combating Misinformation in the 2020 Election.” Read Spencer’s full written responses to the follow-up questions (8-pages) here. Read Spencer’s…

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Joint Center Pens Op-Ed Urging Incoming Members of Congress to ‘Fix Capitol Hill’s Diversity Problem’

Joint Center Senior Fellow of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. LaShonda Brenson penned an op-ed in The Hill calling for new and returning Members of Congress—especially Members who represent diverse districts—to hire diverse staffs. In the op-ed, she writes “From police killings of Black Americans to a COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately claimed the jobs and lives of Black and Brown people, the need for policymakers and staff…

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Joint Center News: November 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! This is our regular monthly newsletter, which reviews the Joint Center’s work over the past month. The Joint Center’s 50th Anniversary The Joint Center is hosting its 50th Anniversary celebration entitled The Eddie Williams Future of Black Communities Leadership Summit on December 7-9, 2020. The online event will convene Black thought leaders, academics, elected…

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